KQED Radio Staff
Mina Kim covers news and trends in health across California for KQED public radio. Mina got hooked on public radio in 2004, during a brief fellowship with KQED's Pacific Time, which is no longer in production. She honed her journalism skills as KQED's fill-in reporter and as a freelance reporter and producer for NPR, Marketplace and various news websites. She became KQED's full-time general assignment reporter in 2010, when the organization began expanding its local news coverage.
Mina strives to include in her stories the voices of those most affected by policies and adverse events. She received the National Radio Award from the Asian American Journalists Association in 2007, and has received several journalism fellowships.
Mina earned her B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. She was an elementary teacher in New Jersey, and the director of a women's organization in Los Angeles before pursuing journalism. She facilitated leadership and management training programs for faculty at UC San Francisco, and minority executives in Sacramento through the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
Stories (170 archives)
A dozen bills moving through the state Legislature would dramatically overhaul the way California regulates elder care facilities. Last October, 19 frail seniors were abandoned at Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley after the state's Department of Social Services ordered the facility closed without making sure residents had new places to live.
Small-scale ranchers and dairy farmers north of the San Francisco Bay Area are heaving a sigh of relief. The one meat processing plant in their region that shut down after a massive beef recall reopens today under new management. But for at least one respected beef rancher, the damage may be too great.
This second part of our special investigation with the Center for Investigative Reporting finds the agency charged with protecting some of the state's most vulnerable people has been failing them.
State public health regulators have shelved serious complaints against the nurse assistants who care for the elderly, sick and disabled. Even suspicious deaths and cases alleging abuse have languished for years.
Some California business leaders are breathing a sigh of relief after the Obama administration announced it is delaying a key part of the federal health law. The employer mandate requires business-owners to provide coverage or pay a fine. Now it won't take effect until 2015.